Chief Burnett Checks Brick Plant Fire at Des Moines
A recent fire at the Shackleford Brick Company’s plant in an isolated district in the northwest portion of Des Moines, Ia., recently gave the department, under Chief Will Burnett, a three-hours’ fight under difficult conditions. The plant covered an acre or more and the dry sheds and other buildings were of one story wood construction, except the office building, engine and boiler rooms, which were two-story brick structures. There was no private fire protection on the property and the nearest hydrant was 3,200 feet distant. Chief Burnett had a line of hose laid from this hydrant and with this succeeded in saving the office building, engine and boiler rooms. Pressure at the hydrant was 70 pounds. Chief Burnett had twenty firemen with the following apparatus: One American-La France motor pumping engine, two American-La France and one Searave motor combination cars and one eagrave motor service truck. The fire started in the dry sheds and was spreading rapidly when the fire department arrived. Chief Burnett kept the losses down to $34,552 on buildings worth $70,000 and $36,000 on contents worth $75,000.